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there, his father, yoko happily posed for theameras. john lennon firmly believed and proved that music can change the world. for fox news reporting, i'm bill hemmer. good night from new york. ♪ and the world will live as one. ssman issa and upton, stay with us. >> paul: a special new years edition of the journal, editorial report. the biggest stories of 2010. as well as the winners and losers of the year that's passed plus, a look ahead to 2011. what stories will you be talking about. which public figures will grab the headlines and our panels here with their predictions next. welcome to this new years day edition of the journal,
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editorial report. i'm paul gigot. first up a look back at the biggest stories of 2010 with an all-knowing and all-seeing panel and wall street columnist dan henninger and lisa riley, dorothy reh rabon wits. >> and ng he the first november's off year elections and i don't think it was the biggest story because the democrats were swept out and republicans swept in. i think this was the beginning of a historic reform. occasionally, the american people rise up and try to cleanse their system and i think that the tea party was simply the leading edge of a huge wave that's sweeping not merely through washington, but sacramento, albany, trenton, illinois and congressional approval rating, essentially
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no confidence. you're right. 63 seats, house gain and the republicans have a bigger majority than anytime. >> and down even to the state legislature. >> yeah, more than 700 state legislators and really want to see historic change. on the other hand the democrats say this is the greatest congress in 50 years. historic, they passed all of this great legislation and explained that paradigm. >> well, they passed obama care, the greatest entitlement since medicare and didn't win the election. there has to be a connectedness or connect the dots. >> they don't see the connection, it hasn't sunk in. >> they were standing on the beach, look at the big wave coming, it's going to swept us into office. it swept them out to sea, what more can they say. >> paul: all right, dan. >> and historically development this year, we started out with the age of--
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government was broken and greek, they were rioting and the deficit was out of control, the country-- england, too, but the age of austerity and the cuts pushed through by new governments, increased in the u.k., in new jersey, and-- >> and in asia and maybe california. and ireland. >> ireland of course, and i think we'll see that the people are realizing that their government did not provide what it needs to be provide, which is overspending. >> all right. jason. >> i think very big story this year was the obama administration's decision to regulate the internet. which is something that just happened, and-- >> december action. >> exactly. and this is a significant pivot away from the hands off approach that was taken by democratic and republican administration's alike and i think it's a very big deal and the good news is that, with the new republican house taking over next year, perhaps, some of the
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regulations will not be implemented. >> jason, explain this, the motivation here, because what we've seen also this year is incredible proliferation of successful innovations, got the development of the apple tablet, the ipad shall the imitators and huge investments in broad band across the united states. why does the obama administration-- >> why do they think they need to do this? >> i think it's a pure power grab on the part of the sec, the chairman of the federal communications commission, is something that obama campaigned on, he said this was going to happen. and the left wing of the party, the, the funded activist groups are all in favor of-- >> they want it put themselves at the decision point, the inflection point they decide who wins and who loses. >> comes down to that. >> and in the absence of any true market,s a you said, innovation is moving along and
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investment is strong in the telecom sector and there's no market failure that this regulates-- that these regulations are addressing and on the part of the administration. >> not getting much attention. dorothy, your story. >> it was the immigration bill in arizona that john brewer passed and which caused a tremendous conflagration and revealed the depth the passion, the demagoguery, and you have the attorney general of the united states making legal war on this state and you have the president of mexico coming before congress to denounce the bill and receiving the standing ovation before congress, you've had tremendous misinterpretation and distortion of the bill itself, which said, well, among the demagogues, who is-- >> could possibly be arrested.
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do you think he it's plays a part. >> it plays a tremendous role in the next year. the passions were extreme and divided in a way that you could not imagine. >> paul: that an immigration debate is going to be with us. dorothy i want to get in my choice before the segment is over of the biggest story of the year, passage of obama care, notwithstanding that repudiation by the voters the truth is 111th congress passed obama care and that's one bill that they passed that actually if it's not repealed or changed fundamentally, could really change the nature of this country. and move us towards the european welfare state, where taxes, to be able to afford it, 30, 40% of gdp from 20% now and change the fundamental character of american medicine and we're moving in this direction, bureaucratically with more government control and politics from now on out, from here on out politics is going to determine who gets
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what care and what. >> and i think, you're talking paul, precisely the issue put on the table, the math point as well. electorates are trying to decide whether they want over the next generation to have their society and their economy directed by government or by the private sector. and there's a huge division of wealth that's taking place and obama care means public sector will take most of the wealth. >> right. >> what we're talking about i think is private sector will pull it back in the direction. >> that's the choice. >> the warning from europe, if you go down this path it's incredibly difficult to change. >> and in europe, they're pushing to retrench while we're going in this direction. we have to take a short break, when we come back our panel's picks for the winners and çñw
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>> time now nor the biggest winners and losers of 2010. in your list? >> where to begin? michael bloomberg is one. a man who was given-- >> mayor of new york. >> the mayor of new york, i thought he was a national figure who wanted to become, i believe, a national figure and this is the year that did him in. he's given sanctimoniousness,
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and people who should be ashamed of themselves morally inferior and continue the list and he has pointed at education of new york, a person who has no experience, because he could. >> paul: all right. jason. >> i'm going with randy weingarten, head of american federation of teachers, a tough year, a popular film documentary well received called "waiting for superman" and the teachers union has been for education reform and the obama administration pushing charter schools hard and unions don't like charter schools because most of the teachers are not unionized and i think that the unions had a tough year which of course, means a good year. >> paul: all right, matt. >> i think the people of haiti in one of the worst years in their history from the
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catastrophic earthquake and cholera epidemic and lastly a flawed election and can't cut a break. >> paul: it shows that the governance matters and ill governance with that country. dan. >> russ feingold, defeated by a rookie and it's interesting senator feingold was one half of the mccain feingold finance reform. and it's ironic he was swept out and defeated by a wave of reform and i think he missed the fact that good government no longer means more government, but less governor. >> paul: my loser of the year, john maynard payne, the great economist, on the left for stimulus that dominated 2008 and 2009 and tried, i think, and seen by the american people through the election to have been a failure. so, but while mccain was a better economist, many of his supporters, none of less, his
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ideas i think have been repudiated again. all right, now, we're going to the winners of the year, and jason we'll start with you. >> i'm going with governor chris christie of new jersey who i think had a great year and he's taken on the powerful public sector unions and has become a youtube sensation and a republican rock star in the process, so i'm going with chris christie. >> paul: do you think it's going to work this year, and he's going to keep moving on that. >> i hope so although there's been a lot of talk about urging him to run for president. >> paul: but he's not going to do it. all right, dorothy. >> another rock star, paul ryan, congressman from wisconsin, who took on the health care bill and who proved that he could still have a rarity. he is ferocious debater and manages civility. this is something rare in politics, and he took on the president, mano e mano. >> on health care, in public
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forum. >> he succeeded in every single debate in crushing the opposition and coming out smelling like a civilized man, that's somebody to watch. >> paul: okay, dan. >> no one would call john boehner a rock star. >> paul: what do we have, a republican trifecta. >> the speaker of the house, and he came in cincinnati, parents run a beer bar and eight brothers and sisters and has the historic opportunity to lead the reform of the government. >> is he a reformer? that's the question or is he just-- >> that's what we're going to find out. >> who managed to be on top of the wave when it crashed. >> the reform is about helping average americans, if john boehner remembers where he came from he has the opportunity to step up and lead them. >> paul: okay, matt. >> you know, i think the g.o.p., the biggest winner is barack obama. he pushed through almost his entire agenda, entire,
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starting most of us with obama care, and he's paid a price for it in november and lowest political point, but pivoted in the month and a half since. >> paul: did he pay a price or his party did, he didn't necessarily, he wasn't on the ballot. >> he stays popular, it wasn't referred on him, but he's gotten old war houses out of the congress and can pivot more to the center as he did in the lame duck session and got through the arms treaty and looks fairly good coming into the election cycle for a second term. >> paul: do i hear dissent. >> he pivoted, pivoted to the center. he's now in a land that he doesn't understand. and is totally unfamiliar with and makes him uncomfortable. i think it's going to be very hard for him to operate going forward as a centrist. >> he doesn't have a feel for it. >> bill clinton could do it like that. >> obama is from the left, will have a hard time adjusting. >> this is good for the economy and in the end would
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be good tore him. >> paul: at least in 2011 and 12, whether or not it's just a sugar high, and it will wear off is another question. i want to get in my pick for the winner of year and that's david petraeus, the preds picked him to head his afghan campaign after he fired stanley mcchrystal. if anybody can do it, david petraeus is the guy who can, that is prevail in afghanistan and prevailed defeating al-qaeda in iraq and he knows count counter insurgency and might rescue the president's policy, going into the sanctuaries in pakistan where the taliban can holed up. i hope for the sake of the country he's the big winner in 2011. still ahead what to look for in the next year, hour panel gazes into the crystal balls to bring you the stories and people you'll be talking about in the year ahead. salsa? ♪ [ female announcer ] the cleaner the counter, the smoother the counter. with bounty you can be confident
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>> well, health care reform, the mid term elections and the global economic crisis dominate the headlines in 2010, what will the new year bring. our panelists gazing into the crystal balls for the big stories to watch in 2010, dorothy. >> yeah, this story will be the effort to repeal health care and gotten a tremendous boost and we now know certainly as a result of the elections that the more americans learn about health care the less they like, which is contrary to everything the administration asked and i think that you're going to see with surge of real relief they can do it that wasn't there before and the court ruling against. >> paul: that satisfies it's unconstitutional. it's unconstitutional, tremendous, and i think this will be the story. >> paul: but the house probably will pass a repeal
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bill and interesting to see how many democrats they'll get. i'm certain the house will pass it. the question is in the senate, run by democrats, how many will repudiate the earlier vote. both say, well, joe manchin newly election will he vote to repeal? the president may veto it and the president has the frame for the election? >> yeah, you also have a republican house there when it comes to funding and the implementation of this thing and have a say in that and hearings, you can both hold process-- >> and educate people what they're doing and raising prices, for example. >> and holding them in doctor's offices, there are internists all over opting out of medicare as we speak and this is the thing that they're talking about and people will be shouting over the effects. >> and it will be hard to sustain the outrage that you saw last month in elections. >> it will be unless the prices keep rising and people
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will hopefully-- and they own it, own the health care system now lock, stock and barrel and that's something that didn't feel, and they'll work on, jason? >> and i think one of the big stories of the nonpolitical junkies in america will be weather they have a nfl season next year, and the collective bargaining agreement expires in march and the players union and owners cannot agree to a new deal, we may not have a football season. >> well, why would they jeopardize an 8 billion dollar, most successful sporting league in america? >> why have other sports have lockouts, baseball, hockey, i mean, it happens. and its owners are driving a tough bargain here, so-- >> all right, matt. >> i think the biggest story next year will be the policy the election in november. >> really? >> it's a make or break year in afghanistan and we'll see this, whether the new counter insurgency push is working and you have north korea working
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up and the iran problems are still unresolved and the other issue, and that's this summer, secretary of defense, bob gates, leave and have to get a new chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. so, you know, we don't know what the crisis will be, but i will see that the foreign policy will be back on the issue. >> and the biggest issue will be iran, north korea or afghanistan. >> i think that afghanistan is the crucial issue here and you have a push to try and desurge obama's troops and general patriot has said that he has a fragile progress, and won't see whether it's working until spring and you can't say the violence which has been brought down the last few months is really going to stay down and you also have to see whether you have the improvements on governments and afghanistan. >> well, paul, i think the big story is going to be finally the emergence of the republican presidential campaign. people talk all the time. >> is that good news or bad news? >> i don't know either. >> people talk all the time how the campaigns are too
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long. i've been getting asked for a year by people who i think the republican nominee will be. >> because there's no clear front runner and nobody knows. >> by mid year 2011 they'll be coming out of the woodwork and talking about frontrunners and-- >> hanging right on the limb and who is the front runner a year from now on the republican sides. >> the front runner a year from now. >> jeb bush? >> i'm not going to give that away. >> i think the most interesting story is who are the dark horses? i think the current frontrunners are probably going to fall back, people like mitch daniels and haley barber and throw arizona senator jon kyl in. >> paul: can the robls cut standing? we don't know that, they tried know 1995 and '96 when they last controlled congress and succeeded modestly for a year or two and gave up the game.
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the question now, can they do big cuts, major entitlement reform? i think with president obama opposing them every step of the way, not getting too much done, but they can frame the election for 2012. >> do you think the incoming freshmen are going to have an impression on the old bulls in the old party. >> no question they've had that effect and stiffening spines and stiffening even john boehner's spine and as dorothy mentioned driving this in the who us, i think they'll do it in the who us, but obama is going to try to frame every cut they make as somehow what they always do, which is throwing grandma into the snow bank, cutting school lunches for children. once that political debate is joined, can the republicans stick it out and then we'll see weather the tea party can be sustained. a lot of freshmen were put in there or helped gain office because of efforts by the tea party and those are the real
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anti-spenders out there and whether they can light a fire under the established republicans, you've got to change is what we need to do. >> and can the party in power sustain the enthusiasm of the tea party. >> the republicans look to be cynical. if they look to be, for example, funding ethanol. if they look to be picking their own corporate welfare agents to support, the tea party is going to get, they're going to get skeptical and get upset and then they're going to lose that, and might find at that they don't want to come out and vote in 2012. this is a difficult managing act for the republicans, but i think that they should keep m mind what they were elected on and then follow through on that mandate and go toe to toe with president obama. >> all right, we have to take one more break. when we come back, our panel's pick for the people to watch in 2011.
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>> and finally this week, our panel's picks for people to watch in 2011. dorothy. >> the governor of indiana has the dark horse, mitch daniels, if he's challenged the-- he has in fact said some strong things that give us a sense of who he is. >> paul: all right. jason. >> i'm going to be watching a group of people, paul, and those are the ivy league presidents and whether or not they're going to allow military recruiters back on campus in the wake of the repeal of don't ask, don't tell. ban on openly gay men and women in the military and long cited a reason to keep the rotc off campus and see if the colleges were arguing in good faith. >> i'm going to prooim netanyahu who has been patiently watching the u.s. try to walk, walk and talk back iran from getting nuclear
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weapons and israel is terrified of iran going nuclear and at some point will decide to handle this problem on its own if we don't. >> paul: all right, dan. >> although the people of south carolina say that it's routinely ridiculed in the media elected nicky haley. >> who is she, a republican woman of indian descent and looks like she's going to be capable, very smart. i think it's a very good development for the republican party and if she does well, i think we're going to be hearing a lot more about nicky hail i of south carolina. >> as a symbol of the republican governors i've got two people to watch, jerry brown, governor of california on his second tour of that job and andrew cuomo, going to be governor of new york, son of the former governor mario cuomo and both of those democrats, are going to be leaning to democratic blue states that are busted, no money and they're going to have to reform and they've got democrats, mostly in control
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of the total legislature in california, half of the legislature in new york and the senate's liberal anyway and they're going to have to govern against their own constituencies and reform and the question is, will the democratic governors be able to reform? two models going forward. republicans on one hand seeing what they can do with their new majority and a couple of old blue lien states broke, seeing if they can govern the same way. a fascinating market test of who can accomplish what. >> i think that california and new york to succeed would give optimism new meaning. >> paul: i'm not optimistic, but for america i'd love to see two of our biggest states succeed and i'm afraid that's not happening a long time. >> the alternative you move out of those states and go to nicer climbs like texas and tennessee. >> paul: that's what's happening. you'd like to see california, the 7th largest economy in the recalled would actually get a so


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